"Why don't you call?" Eckardt asked. Harding told him it was his responsibility.
Stant, meanwhile, was bumbling around Cape Cod like a muscle-bound Inspector Clouseau. He finally went inside the Tony Kent Arena on Jan. 2 and was told that Kerrigan had not been around. On Jan. 3 Stant called the arena and said he had a daughter who would like to see Kerrigan skate. The woman who answered the phone told him that Kerrigan had already left for the nationals in Detroit. That evening Stant boarded a Greyhound bus for Detroit. The ticket cost $117.
Twenty hours later, tired, hungry and running out of funds, Stant arrived in the Motor City. He checked into the Super 8 motel at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport, using his real name, and paid for three nights' lodging in advance, shelling out $101 cash. He rented a videotape machine and a couple of X-rated movies, Hollywood Fantasies and The Girls of Beverly Hills, and retired for the night.
Eckardt, in the meantime, had spoken with Smith. What in the heck was going on? Smith told him his men had staked out the Tony Kent Arena, as planned, but Kerrigan hadn't showed up. An employee at the rink had said Kerrigan was having "quiet time" before the nationals. Eckardt passed this report on to Gillooly, who, according to his statement, passed it on to Harding. She flat-out didn't believe it and called the Tony Kent Arena for a fourth time, on Jan. 3, to determine if Kerrigan had skated that day. Harding said thank you and hung up. Kerrigan had skated early that morning. Harding, Gillooly says, was upset and convinced that their $2,000 investment was history.
The next day, Jan. 4, Harding flew to Detroit for the competition. Eckardt and Gillooly were pretty well resigned by then that the hit was never coming off. Eckardt told Gillooly that he, Eckardt, should have done the job himself. Gillooly returned home at about 10 p.m. and found a message from Stant on his answering machine: "Jeff, this is Shane. We met in Shawn's office about a week ago. I'm in Detroit."
Gillooly immediately called Eckardt, upset. He said this Kerrigan job could not be done in Detroit. Eckardt explained that Derrick did not have enough money to send Stant home and that Stant was going to finish the job, if for no other reason than that Gillooly would then have to pay them. Eckardt claimed that poor Shane hadn't eaten during his 20-hour bus ride from Boston to Detroit because he was broke. At that point, according to Gillooly, he decided to wire another $750 to Derrick so that his operative in Detroit could be sent home.
Smith, however, was pondering that $10,000 bonus, and on Jan. 5 he used the $750 to fly to Detroit to join Stant. Stant had rented a car from Alamo, and the two of them drove to Joe Louis Arena and purchased tickets to that day's practice session at Cobo Arena. Stant made note of the side entrance at the south side of the arena, where the skaters entered and exited. The area was supposed to be secured, but Stant was able to walk down to ice level, pass through a blue curtain and stroll down the hallway leading to the skaters' locker rooms. He scoped the place out for 45 minutes without being challenged by security personnel. At the end of that corridor were Plexiglas doors, one of which was open. Stant was to be the hit man, Smith the getaway driver, and that door was where Stant figured he could make his escape if the job was done at Cobo.
Another possibility was the Westin Hotel, where the skaters were staying. Smith called Eckardt and told him they wanted Kerrigan's room number as well as her practice schedule. Eckardt called Gillooly, and Gillooly called Harding. According to Gillooly, Harding told him there was only one security guard al the Westin and none on her floor. He says that he and Harding decided that the best place to attack Kerrigan would be in her room. According to Gillooly, he spoke by phone with Eckardt, who suggested leaving Kerrigan bound in her room with duct tape after the attack.
Smith and Stant, though, didn't like the idea of an attack in the hotel. Smith had gone to the hotel and discovered it was a 4½-minute walk from the elevator to the street. That was out. They settled on Cobo Arena.
On Jan. 6 Stant and Smith drove to the vicinity of Cobo just before 11 a.m. Stant was wearing a baseball hat, black leather jacket, black jeans, black gloves and brown hiking boots. He put the ASP tactical baton in the belt of his pants. Then he and Smith stole a license plate from a vehicle that resembled their rental car and attached the new plate over the rental's. Stant showed Smith the row of Plexiglas doors where he said he would make his escape from the back of Cobo, and Smith backed the car onto a nearby access street. After the attack they were to meet near the post office about live blocks from the arena.